Barrel-Aged Silhouette
Lift Bridge Brewery

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Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #13
Ranked #211
4.5 | pDev: 6.22%
Feb 28, 2022
Feb 11, 2013
Barrel-Aged SilhouetteBarrel-Aged Silhouette
Notes: Barrel aged Silhouette is as deep and dark as the thick Northern Woods. It’s brewed in the style of an Imperial Stout. Aromas of coffee, molasses, chocolate and prune meld with an intense dark roasted character. This beer is complex, rich and full bodied. Its wild spirit will warm the senses, illuminate the soul, and grow into a traditional matter what season.
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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by MNAle from Minnesota

2020 bottling, 12 oz bottle.

I walked on by this beer many times in the store because I considered it to be overpriced (yeah, I know... it's a "99 World-Class" here, but we're suckers for a BA Imperial stout...).

Anyhow, in a weak moment, I did order one from my favorite curb-side pickup store a while back, and it sat in my 'fridge, and sat, until I finally moved it to the cellar to make room for other beers.

It's back in the refrigerator for Cellaruary.

So, today is the day. I won't be able to compare it to the beer fresh, though, since this is my first tasting of this beer.

Taken from a ~42° refrigerator and allowed to warm for 30 minutes or so unopened. Drinking started at mid-50°'s (a guess).

Opaque black topped by a ½ inch creamy-appearing dark tan head with short retention. Little visible carbonation and what lacing does appear with a tip of the glass quickly slides back down into the tan ring. The ring eventually disappears completely, leaving a still surface.

Very strong aroma. Bourbon first, then barrel. Molasses. Slight hint of vanilla.

Rich flavor, mirroring the aroma. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet molasses. Adding to the party is roasted malts and dark fruits. Toward the finish and into the aftertaste, dark chocolate appears along with the alcohol, slightly warming my mouth in the after. The finish is sweet vanilla and dark chocolate.

The body is substantial, approaching viscous (but not quite getting there).

Overall, this BA stout is excellent, indeed. A rich aroma and flavor, a substantial body, lots of bourbon and barrel without overpowering the underlying Imperial stout flavors, a sweet, but controlled sweetness, finish. It's not a dessert beer, but an excellent evening sipping beer. If I'm feeling like splurging, I may actually buy it again!

Feb 28, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

REview#1600,This thing is all barrel, but that's not a bad thing in this case. If I had to say something bad about it I would say it is sorta harsh and abrasive at times, overpowering and (this sounds dumb) kinda too smooth at other times... unbeer-like if that makes sense, tastes like some sort of new better drink that supersedes beer into a more betterer territory

Feb 19, 2022
4 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2022
4.75 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 12, 2022
4.33 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Jan 03, 2022
4.73 by ryancl from Minnesota on Dec 26, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours black with leakage to mahogany brown on the edges and a tan head. The nose has oaky, boozy barrel notes, some dark chocolate, and stone fruit.

The barrel is forward on the taste, coasting into the dark chocolate and stone fruit notes, which works really well. The mouthfeel is full, but just the slightest bit watery. Overall, thought this is outstanding.

Dec 09, 2021
4.69 by Kam from North Dakota on Nov 07, 2021
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Oct 08, 2021
4.48 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

#83, good stuff!

Oct 02, 2021
4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4 by CarpeDiem33 from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2021
4.38 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Apr 24, 2021
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Apr 15, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by LunchMoney from Minnesota

A slight fizz, but then no head. Nearly black, pours thick.
Smell is a sweet molasses and caramel.
Taste is smooth, balanced. Not as complex as some, but still extremely flavorful. Plum and molasses.
Feel is outstanding. Creamy and silky smooth.
An excellent beer!

Mar 19, 2021
4 by eddie5721 from Illinois on Feb 11, 2021
4.25 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Pours pitch black. Very thick looking. 1 finger tan head. Head retention is good. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose is rich with barrel notes. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, plums,
Up front is it has a lot of plum, which turns on the backside to chocolate, caramel, toffee, and vanilla.
Thick, so full bodied. Some burn, but not a lot. Smooth.
Solid BA stout.

Feb 08, 2021
4.51 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jan 15, 2021
4.06 by Beerbom from California on Jan 13, 2021
4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 29, 2020
4.52 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 29, 2020
4.27 by nollie77 from Ohio on Nov 19, 2020
4.23 by cp45 from New Jersey on Aug 13, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by unclekeith from Alaska

Amazing aroma!

Jun 30, 2020
4.64 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin on May 29, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

16 May 2020 - Beer #95 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Corona Day #65

Price: $19.99 Lowry Hill Liquor in Minneapolis
Current Rank: #184 on Beer Advocate

Appearance: 4 - extremely black, and a bit thin. Head fizzled away immediately.

Nose: 5 - nearly all sweet barrel. Good!

Taste: 5 - basically all barrel. Fruitier than some other big stouts for sure. Reminds me a little of Surly Darkness, which can almost pass for a quad.

Mouth: 4 - thick and sticky, but quite flat. Glides down the throat smoothly, but I prefer more carbonation.

Overall: 5 - waited years to finally try this one. Will be sure to hunt it down again next time I'm in that part of the country.


May 21, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2015 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy dark brown head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- intense barrel aromas are immediately noticed; boozy bourbon, wet oak, caramel, vanilla & coconut. The base beer gives aromas of dark chocolate, fudge brownies, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, figs, black licorice & charred wood.

T- opens with a milk chocolaty malty note that is enhance by a vanilla creamy/marshmallow sweetness. Mid-palate starts to bring out the barrel influence, with notes of barrel juice, peppery oak, caramel and coconut. The finish gives notes of raisins, figs, black licorice and charred malt, lingers of bourbon barrel and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky warming finish

O- a world class example of a straight up barrel aged RIS

Apr 08, 2020
4.75 by Hopelessly0 from California on Mar 04, 2020
4.5 by sordyl from Illinois on Feb 15, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Lift Bridge Barrel-Aged Silhouette, 11% ABV. Pours black, with a slight brown head that left no lacing. Nose is moleasses, chocolate, bourbon, char, and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate, moleasses, bourbon, roast malt, and coffee, with a moderate bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Feb 02, 2020
4.49 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Jan 26, 2020
4.2 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Jan 21, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mwilbur from Minnesota

2020 vintage. Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a thick very dark brown with a faint skim of super dark mocha head.
S: Molasses, charred wood, sweet bourbon, vanilla, fig, and a hint of sweet chocolate.
T: Thick sweet molasses, prune, vanilla, sweet bourbon, dark smooth chocolate, and a hint of coffee.
M: Heavy body with thick and viscous feel. Very smooth. Several sources of sweetness, but not too much. Mildly dry with decent alcohol burn continuing into the finish. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Very nice winter sipper! Perfect for an evening like tonight (just finished snowing 6+ inches, now blowing and blustering).

Jan 18, 2020
4.53 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2019
4.65 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 19, 2019
4.39 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Nov 30, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by SD-Alefan from South Dakota

2019 vintage. Pours a deep, opaque dark brown with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is roast, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon.
Taste is nutty, dark chocolate, roast coffee, molasses, raisin. Closes with a bitter, boozy note on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin, smooth and slightly sticky.
Overall, complex and delicious.

Oct 28, 2019
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